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Cotopaxi Day Tour
Categories: Quito, Day Tours, 1 Day, Under $99
Cotopaxi Day Tour
Starting At: $99 USD
Difficulty: Easy - Medium
Length: 1 Day
Places: Cotopaxi - Ecuador
Users Rating 5 from 1 rating


ACotopaxi day tour is the perfect way of experiencing the highlands with easy access from the main capital. Cotopaxi has become an iconic stop when visiting Ecuador, clearly visible as a landmark from Quito. Its majestic snowy peaks that can be seen from afar make it an inviting experience from start to finish. Your Cotopaxi day tour starts roughly 50 km south of Quito, it will get you as near as the refuge. For those looking for that extra bit of adventure, an additional 30 minutes will get you to the glaciers.

Cotopaxi Day Tour Highlights:

Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world,  with an elevation of 5,897m (19,347 ft) – a quite popular summit many avid climbers try to peak. The Cotopaxi national park is a protected area that provides guest with a glimpse of the volcano and its natural surroundings. Your tour includes viewpoints along the way, a beautiful lagoon and a mild hike to the refuge, all part of your Cotopaxi day tour adventure!

Landmarks, Landscapes & Wildlife

Cotopaxi Day Tour Highlights

Otavalo Features

Jose Ribas Refuge 4810m

Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi national park is a protected reserve that encompasses over 333.9 km of forested surroundings with approximately 200 plant species, the area holds Cotopaxi volcano as it main attraction among other neighboring volcanoes. With an elevation of 5,897 m, the volcano is a beauty to behold and a clear landmark of the area. The park is home to many animals in wild like Andean Hawks, Condors, Horses, the Andean Fox, Weasels, birds & others. The park houses a variety of vegetation zones with humid mountain forests predominantly taking over low elevations.

Limpiopungo Lagoon

Otavaleños are full of tradition and remain true to their roots to this very day, you will be pleasantly surprised when you reach Otavalo and notice the distinctive clothing for men, women, and even children. Women wear distinctive embroidered blouses with many strings of gold beads in their necks; men wear white trousers and the famous
dark ponchos. Other than their clothing otavalenos are also known for their music which plays an important role in the famous indigenous festival (Inti Raymi).

Jose Ribas Refuge

Lagoons and waterfalls are part of the attractions Otavalo has to offer, found on the outskirts of the town near the valley of slopes and volcanoes, stunning landscapes worth visiting. Both Cuicocha & Mojanda are perfect for mild walks in the surroundings and to enjoy the amazing landscape they offer.

Cotopaxi Day Tour Program 2017


Hotel pickup with approximately 2 hour drive.


Optional stop at Cayambe to taste a local delicacy (cheese & biscuits).


Free time to browse the market, an average of 1 hour to shop.


Your guide will recommend a good restaurant in the surroundings.


A mild 15 minute walk to reach the beautiful peguche waterfall.


Visit local family shops to observe weaving & musical instruments.


*Saquisili market: known for leather goods.


Tour ends, your guide will drive drop you off in your hotel at approx 6pm.

  • Available 08:00 to 18:00 any day of the week, Saturday recommended. *Optional add on is time dependent, surcharge applies

Cotopaxi Day Tour Rates 2017

Hotel Pickup

Transport (hotel-tour-hotel)

Certified bilingual guide
Activities as listed *entrance fees apply

Personal expenses & entrance fees
Tipping (optional)
Transfer to other locations


Saquisili surcharge: $10 per person.
Last revision: 30-Jan-2017 / Valid until: 31-December-2017
Certified tours by local authorities, compliant with local regulations.
Programs are private by default with certified English speaking driver-guides.

All rates are per person in US$ dollars, rates are subject to change.
Regular vehicles used by default, a van or bus for groups above 4 guests.
Order of activities are not fixed & might change to optimize your experience.
Activities may be replaced/changed if they can be arranged in the allotted time.

  • Cap or hat
  • Sport or trekking shoes
  • High factor sun block cream or gel
  • Bottled water to carry with you in tour
  • UV400 sunglasses with 100% UVB block
  • Digital camera or mobile phone
  • Light clothing & rainproof jacket
  • Cash for souvenirs, meals & tipping
  • Backpack to carry personal belongings
  • Passport copy, keep original stored in hotel

Children allowed: Yes
Children discount: 50%
Children minimum age: 6 years

Considered child: Under the age of 6
Restrictions: Accompanied with 2 adults
Discount & restrictions subject to change

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